The development of a compelling visual design system seeks to unify a system's differing components yet instill excitement through its innovative representation of meaning. This project focuses on the manipulation and arrangement (composition) of typography and image as it conveys messages through a poster series.
To convey those adversities faced, I used symbols specific to each event to represent the core issues each movement faced. Using a third-person perspective, I was able to engage the viewer without the confusion of the existing complexities of the symbols and integrated type. The symbols chosen relate directly to each movements root problem through both a literal sense as they represent the item at stake but also a metaphorical sense as it dealt with the surrounding controversy about each issue. These posters are based on found images which I manipulated to match my desired metaphors. My goal was to have a purpose behind the placement and blocked spaced of each of the symbols within the images to further embody the metaphor referenced. I used fusion between type and image primarily as the type was integrated into the blocked out symbol spaces then also embeded into the images attributes, in addition, to figure-ground reversal to correlate the symbols to the images used.
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Each of these youth-lead social movements can be boiled down to a single affliction that prompted the need for action. These movements are the kids versus adversity, adversity which can be simplified into one concept. Overall, these issues are simple at their core; it just took those determined, unwavering young men and women to stand against such controversy and wrongdoings. The Newsboys had a battle against the lack of payment for their labor; their wages prompted their strike and uproar. In the Little Rock Nine, these kids held their heads high despite the inequality that infested their education and daily lives; they persevered and overcame such unfair societal differences. Lastly, in the March For Our Lives, children from across the country banded together against the restrictions held upon their ability to be heard in voicing their issues with safety within their school systems.